Dec 26, 2012 10:00pm EST
quite enough of this. let's turn to the fiscal cliff, we are watching john boehner, playing out on a national stage a game i am not sure the national media quite gets ors perhaps even they as astute asst they are, the game of politics they quite get.g this is everything for a lot of people, what do you make of it>i in their attitudes, their demeanor, eir personality? >> everybody is trying to beth right, it needs to happen for what is best for our country anm in this country. >> is almost a testosterone contest. it is not about winning for the american peop is about winning for the party, i can do it better than you, it has to be who wins, w who loses? >> psychologically it is unsettling because it interferes with their comfort level in terms of spending and feelingf comfortable.th >> i don't think about it, they noticed a game of chicken when it comes to this fisl cliff. lou: etc. look a except when wet projections. talking about another recession.
Dec 30, 2012 8:00pm EST
no talk of growth in this economy. john boehner, the republican leadership, those who are leaving the party, there has been no talk there will beno tax hikes. unwilling and unable perhaps, for what will ensue of the fiscal cliff. but the fact is that we are looking at a real prospect that the republicans will be held responsible and must plan be actually hashe effect of shifting some of the responbility to the president read what you thinkre the odds? >> i think he will be held responsible for the economy in 2013 and 2014. you cannot blame george w. bush anymore. they conol the senate. it is their economy for sure. so i think that you're going to sea real problem in 2013 and 2014, but i do think it's obama's economy now. the republicans passed the tax cuts for one group, let's say all the wy through, not the very top group, , i don't know where that negotiation is going to come out, but if they do that, i think that they will be held blameless for the economy. lou: as we wrap up here, i would like to ask you a question this way. because i said last year that i felt strongly at the
Dec 31, 2012 10:00pm EST
eventually having to take place and then of course john boehner would have to sell house republicans on the fact that there may not be extension of cuts and they are going to be tax increases. >> exactly. and if you think of the alternative here, if liberal democrats don't like where the threshold is, they sit on their hands and get what they want and more and more. and you have a tax increase basically up and down the income spectrum. on the other the other side of the house republicans were saying, if we don't get enough spending cuts, and just let the sequester head. it is set to hit over the next decade beginning in just a few hours from now. get your spending cuts by doing nothing. your tax increases by doing nothing. so there's a little bit of something for everyone here. gerri: as we start to wrap up, did the republicans in giving to the tax increases, did they give enough? or are the democrats who didn't want increases on anybody, they one of the line at 250,000. do they pose a real threat to the steel? >> i think that you have a protection of americans least under 250. and i